It took two “scoreless” touchdowns for the Las Vegas Raiders to finally clinch a 33-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
Derek Carr hit Zay Jones for a 31-yard touchdown in overtime to finally give Las Vegas the victory minutes after it appeared they had won the game on a pass from Carr to Bryan Edwards. Carr found Edwards for what appeared to be a 33-yard touchdown pass in the first possession of overtime, which caused the two teams to exchange pleasantries on the field thinking the game was over. Edwards was eventually sentenced to the 1-yard line and the Raiders couldn’t close the deal.
Carr was pissed off on a stealthy quarterback, Alex Leatherwood made a false start and then Carr was intercepted in the end zone on a deflected pass intended for Willie Snead IV by Anthony Averett to bring the Ravens to life. However, Carl Nassib would fire Lamar Jackson and force a fumble on Baltimore’s next drive that returned the ball to the Raiders for a second chance to seal the game. The Raiders were only going to attempt a placement for a game delay to bring them back to a slightly less comfortable distance. Carr then hit Jones for the win at the start.
Carr finished the night with 435 passing yards with two touchdowns and the interception in overtime.
After taking a 14-0 lead, the Ravens’ offense stalled. On a Jackson run, Quinton Jefferson released the ball as Denzel Perryman recovered to return the ball to the Raiders at the Baltimore 41-yard line.
Jacobs converted a third try and a miss to the Kenyan Drake for 16 yards moved Las Vegas inside the red zone before Jacobs’ touchdown run brought the game down to 17-17, with 9:18 at to play. Jacobs finished with a pair of touchdowns for Las Vegas.
The Ravens responded immediately on the next drive as Jackson connected with Sammy Watkins on a 49-yard strike to move Baltimore to the Raiders 8-yard line. Just three days after signing with the Ravens, Latavius Murray scored eight yards to put the Ravens back on top.
Carr and the Raiders would also counter the punch. A 37-yard connection from Carr to Henry Ruggs on third and 10 moved the Raiders to the Baltimore 10-yard line. Even a hold penalty on Leatherwood didn’t block the drive as a 10-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Darren Waller again brought the level of play down to 24-24.
Jackson slipped through the Raiders’ defense for 28 yards before Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal put Baltimore back in the lead, 27-24, with 37 seconds left. But Carr and the Raiders wouldn’t go quietly through the night.
Carr connected with Bryan Edwards on back-to-back shots for 20 and 18 yards, respectively, with a pair of spikes to stop the clock before Daniel Carlson punched a 55-yard field goal with two seconds left to send the game in overtime.
Jackson finished 19 of 30 for 235 yards and one touchdown and two fumbles. He groped three times in total for Baltimore.
The Ravens had won their last five opening games of the season before Monday night in Las Vegas.